NHL Draft Day Steals and Fails

NHL Draft Day Steals & Fails

No sport does an entry draft quite like the NHL. It's the only sport where teams pick teenagers to transform their franchises. And as you guessed it, that can lead to all kinds of issues and surprises. 

With NHL Draft Day Steals And Fails, I'm chronicling those players who fail to live up to the expectations of where they were drafted. As well as those who surprised us all and outperformed their draft status.

There's a lot of meat on this bone, so keep your eye out for new stories.

NHL Draft Day Steals and Fails Edition 5: Losing The Lottery

Losing the lottery should be catastrophic for a team at the bottom of the NHL standings, right? That wasn't the case for the Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks in 2017.

NHL Draft Day Steals And Fails Edition 4: Late-Round Steals

No draft pick is a lock to become an impact player at the NHL level. Less so when they're drafted in the late round (6th and 7th). Here are five recent late-round picks who defied the odds. 

NHL Draft Day Steals and Fails Edition 3: How Oilers Failed Yakupov

Think of a draft day bust and Nail Yakupov's name comes to mind. But instead of focusing on how he didn't live up to expectations how did the Edmonton Oilers fail their first overall pick in 2012?

NHL Draft Day Steals and Fails Edition 2: Bolts Break Bias To Take Legend

In the second edition of our ongoing series, we look at how the Tampa Bay Lightning stole the 2011 NHL draft by taking Nikita Kucherov in the second round. 

NHL Draft Day Steals and Fails Edition 1: Islanders Going Based On Need In 2014

The first edition of NHL Draft Day Steals and Fails looks at how the New York Islanders missed a glorious opportunity to add an elite winger, but didn't.

NHL First Overall Picks

2023Connor BedardChicago Blackhawks
2022Juraj SlafkovskyMontreal Canadiens
2021Owen PowerBuffalo Sabres
2020Alexis LafreniereNew York Rangers
2019New Jersey DevilsJack Hughes
2018Rasmus DahlinBuffalo Sabres
2017New Jersey DevilsNico Hischier
2016Auston MatthewsToronto Maple Leafs
2015Connor McDavidEdmonton Oilers
2014Aaron EkbladFlorida Panthers
2013Nathan MacKinnonColorado Avalanche
2012Nail YakupovEdmonton Oilers
2011Ryan Nugent-HopkinsEdmonton Oilers
2010Taylor HallEdmonton Oilers
2009John TavaresNew York Islanders
2008Steven StamkosTampa Bay Lightning
2007Patrick KaneChicago Blackhawks
2006Erik JohnsonSt. Louis Blues
2005Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins
2004Alex OvechkinWashington Capitals
2003Marc-Andre FleuryPittsburgh Penguins
2002Rick NashColumbus Blue Jackets
2001Ilya KovulchukAtlanta Thrashers
2000Rick DiPietroNew York Islanders
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